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3974 lives were lost between 1778 and 1781 in the American Revolutionary War During the Civil War 600000 more were sacrificed In World War I 57476 lives lost Such a large number and for what Is 661450 the price of freedom 661450 And that isnt even including lives lost during the womens rights movement the anti-slavery movement or the civil rights movement Not to mention wars Americans fought for the freedom of other countries World War II Vietnam the Gulf War Can a single country a culture even one individual understand what sacrifice was made for this living generations freedom With only 41 of Americans voting apparently the impact of what should be seen as a privilege has been lost in a sea of excuses and misguided opinions The majority of Americans are descendents of know descendents of or personally know a veteran of war Weve all heard the stories and seen the movies we even get two days off of work and school but how many people know that Memorial Day Weekend is more than just a long weekend and Veterans day isnt just another day off in November What most people dont realize is that it is only through the courage of young soldiers through the guidance of their elders through the support of this country that we have gained freedom In recent generations it seems the novelty of this privilege of freedom has worn off Statistics show that 59 thats over half of Americans do not vote in national elections Freedom and democracy represent having a voice in how our country is ran When someone participates in an election just by taking the time to fill out a ballot they are expressing their pride in their country and support in their forefathers How is it that someone can claim to be an American or complain about our government when they have not taken an active role in voting one of
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